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in the capital city of damascus. as opposition forces say that they could accept an international peace keeping force if president assad steps aside. meanwhile, a u.s.-based monitor confirms the country's two-day internet blackout is now over. conner powell is live for us in the region with the very latest. conner? >> heather, the internet is now on in damascus, but appears much of the rest of syria is still without internet and other mobile phone connection. the assad government blamed that disconnection on terrorists, but outside monitoring groups say no, in fact it's the assad regime that cut the connection. the question is why would they do that? we've seen more and more fighting getting closer and closer to damascus. particularly into the areas where the government is the strongest, like around the airport, which has been open and planes have been coming and going since the start of this war nearly two years ago. in the last two days, fighting has gotten particularly heavy and flights have been canceled out of the international airport. the rebels at one point claimed to have held the road
in auckland. they are one of the first to greet each new year because of its proximity to the international dateline. quite a show there. jon: take a look at this. the party underway in reclusive north korea. history in the making here. complete with official national fireworks in the capital city of pongyang. this is the first public new year's celebration in north korea in a very long time. uma: and final preparations are under way for tonight's big party in new york city. crews testing the giant crystal ball that will drop over times square. this year's ball covered in more than 2600 waterford crystals that can change colors. meantime crews are hard at work getting ready for one of the country's most famous new year's day tradition the beautiful tournament of roses parade held in california. bob decrass toe from kttv in los angeles joins us from nearby irwindale where the floats are coming together. >> reporter: uma, happy new year, to you. it is very noisy here. a lot of activity here about a hour and a half from now it is judging time. the floats for the most part are completely finish
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